If you’re moving to London for a few years, don’t fool yourself into thinking you can just pack up and go. Planning your move is very important if you’re going to settle in quickly and enjoy the fact that you’re now living in one of the most fascinating and fabulous cities in the world. The biggest aspect of moving to London is paperwork. Getting it sorted before you arrive will make the entire process of moving to London much easier.
Count Down Checklist for Your Moving To London
Three months to go:
- You should start looking for places to stay while you’re living in London. You can do this yourself, or by speaking to people who have already have completed moving here, but you may also consider using the services of a relocation agent to help you find a new rental. Consider staying in a hotel or bed and breakfast establishment for the first few weeks that you’re living here. It’ll give you the chance to get acquainted with where you’ll be working and where you want to live. On the ground recognizance, so to speak.
- Tax Tips: This is very important if you’re going to be an American moving for over a year. Make sure that you inform your local tax office that you’re moving to another country. Tax laws differ from country to country and you don’t want to be stuck with a hefty unpaid tax bill when you return home in three years. Make sure that your new employer is aware of the laws surrounding the taxation of foreigners who are working and living here.
- Start researching what you take with you and what you will leave behind. Remember apartments are generally much smaller than the rest of the world, and if you’re and American moving here you may want to consider NOT bringing any of you appliances and large furniture. I almost guarantee they will not fit in your new rental, if you’re even able to get them up the stairs!
Planning your move systematically and ahead of time will ensure that your physical move goes off without a hitch.